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The current releases are DM Electrical RT 1.1, DM Electrical 8.4, DM HVAC 7.3, and DM Plumbing 4.1. We are not adding new features to these releases.

The next releases will be DM Electrical RT 1.2, DM Electrical 8.5, DM HVAC 7.4, and DM Plumbing 4.2 We are actively working on these release and using this wishlist to guide which features we implement. Some features you see marked as “complete” will not be available until these releases are finished.

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  1. Export Equipment List to Excel

    Export a list of equipment connections and information to a file that can be opened and viewed in Excel. The file would be for post-processing only. Any changes to the equipment would still be made using the other DM commands.

    50 votes
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    • Swap & Copy Circuits

      When copying circuits in the swap and copy dialog, multipole breakers do not copy to the new location as multipole breakers, they copy as single pole. It appears that you have to set the number of poles and their positions in the circuiting dialog before starting the copy/swap routine.

      44 votes
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      • Make the note fields for panels and switchboard larger and editable

        We need the note fields for Panels and Switchboards to be larger and editable like the Description, Model, and Note fields in the Light Fixture Project Schedule.

        33 votes
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        • Light Fixture Settings - Different Blocks

          The ability to define an egress fixture as the same fixture/block as the normal fixtures, with an option to turn a hatch on/off to differentiate. Similar to in Revit, where you can set an instance parameter and check it to turn fixtures into the egress blocks. The fixture type stays the same, only the visible block changes.

          27 votes
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          • Add a "match circuit" command.

            Make the "Select Circuit from Drawing <" button a command that can be typed into the command line. After this command has been run, do not show the Circuiting window, instead go immediately to "Circuit Devices <". The user can then continue to circuit additional devices to the circuit they selected. A double right click would bring up the Circuiting window or the user could escape out of the command without showing the window.

            26 votes
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            • Total Load in Project

              Please add capability to total loads for the project before the circuiting is complete.

              I would like to have a load sheet that keeps track of the total project load.

              What I use now is a modified panel shedule that only shows the loads for a dummy panel I create called service. I connect all the panels together and then to Service. This gives me a total load analysis for the project, but only after the design is complete. I need to be able to confirm my loads and service sizing at the design development stage before circuiting.

              A consideration…

              20 votes
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              • Homerun from non-circuited devices

                We'd like an option to manually homerun from devices that lack a circuit. For example, we frequently connect switched receptacles to relays controlled by occupancy sensors, so we'd like to show our homeruns to start at that relay as opposed to a receptacle. We also currently show lighting homeruns commencing at relays for the same reason.

                We'd still like to be able to select devices whose circuits we want to include in the homerun.

                10 votes
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                • Redundant Ground

                  Add "Redundant Ground" as an option for receptacles. Would add an additional ground wire to the tick marks and add an "RG" or similar label to the receptacle itself.

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                  • Default label locations in blocks

                    Be able to specify locations for labels in blocks. When the labels are added to the block, they will be placed in the desired locations, rather than in the somewhat random default location they are currently placed in.

                    9 votes
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                    • Reset panel "Fixed Loads".

                      Often, I need to "start over" on a panel that I've assigned fixed loads. It would be handy to have a button that would clear every fixed load on the panel. Or even be able to select several circuits and clear those circuit's fixed loads.

                      8 votes
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                      • More customization for equipment callouts

                        Add more complicated options for callouts on equipment.

                        Add MCA and MOCP as notes on the callout on the drawing.

                        See images on this forum post for examples:
                        http://forums.designmaster.biz/index.php?showtopic=1817

                        If you vote for this, it would be helpful if you could leave a comment letting us know what values you want displayed in the equipment callout.

                        6 votes
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                        • Add a select similar command for devices similar to AutoCAD and AutoCAD MEPs select similar command

                          I would like to right click on a device already on the plan, and hit select similar rather than having to open up a separate dialogue to pick a device/LVD/Light Fixture device, and then place it. In other words, I'd like to bypass the select device dialogue altogether whenever possible.

                          6 votes
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                          • Homerun Note

                            Be able to add a note to a homerun callout.

                            6 votes
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                            • please add a new column to the lighting fixture schedule for "KELVIN"

                              ADD NEW COLUMN IN LIGHT FIXTURE SCHEDULE FOR "KELVIN"

                              6 votes
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                              • Equipment Circuit Length in Schedule

                                Add new column to the equipment schedule that would display the length of the branch circuit.

                                4 votes
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                                • Circuit and Move Note in one step

                                  Often when circuiting I find the location DM puts the label is very poor. It would be nice if after inserting the circuit I could move the circuit text without having to stop the circuiting action, move the text, then start the circuiting action again.

                                  4 votes
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                                  • Add a hatch pattern to room definitions

                                    When defining rooms, it is often difficult to determine which rooms have been defined and which have not, if an area gets surrounded. Adding a hatch pattern on its own layer would make it much easier to determine if you've included all room definition areas.

                                    4 votes
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                                    • Provide a default voltage for the panels in a project.

                                      Add a check box to set the voltage for a building. If a building is 120/240, then checking a box will set the default for panels, equipment, etc to 120/240v instead of 120/2083p4w.

                                      4 votes
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                                      • Separate column in the feeder schedule for the service grounding electrode conductor.

                                        The service ground does not get installed in the conduit with the service entrance conductors, so why is it shown just like all the other feeders where the equipment grounding conductor is installed with the feeder conductors. If you want the feature to show the GEC size, show it in a different column and show the feeder with no ground listed with the feeder conductors so its clear it is not in the conduit.

                                        4 votes
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                                        • Circuiting layer dependent on device layer system

                                          DM's default circuit layer system can be determined by three different options: (1) same as distribution equipment, (2) new, and (3) existing. We'd like a fourth option that makes the circuit layer system match the circuit layer system of the device that's being circuited.

                                          For example, we're currently designing a job where we are installing new receptacles that are being fed from an existing panel. Our receptacle circuit callouts are coming up under the existing layer system (based off of the panel) instead of the new layer system (based off of the new receptacles). To address this, we changed the…

                                          3 votes
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